You know those kids toys I’m talking about right? The toys where there are a bunch of different shaped holes and the middle is hollow. A month ago I was at my god-daughter’s birthday party and I remember I was trying to fit one shape into one of the other shapes hole. It wasn’t working so I started trying to jam it in. After a couple moments my wife looked at me and started busting up laughing as she asked, “What are you doing?”
It was then I noticed what I was doing and I started laughing too. For some reason it did not register in my head, but the shapes were differnt! I must have been somewhere off in LaLa land. Something that seemed so easy to do, like put a block in a hole, caused me to struggle. I could try all I wanted, but if the shape of the block was not the same as the shape of the hole it was not going in. The block I had in hand was not designed for that particular hole.
When you are working with blocks it doesn’t seem like a big thing, but when you are working with your life the stakes are raised. Many people are going throughout their life and trying to fit into holes for which they were not shaped. Discovering your design is essential to you thriving in your life.
How horribly frustrating it is when you are trying to fit in other people’s shapes. It is one of the most frustrating things to try to do something that is just not you. But it is even more frustrating to try to do things or be someone that others want you to be.
Each of us have a specific design, a specific make up. Of course there are skills that can be developed and gifts that can even be acquired. There are also things from your experience and background that contribute to who you are. But, you have a specific make up that makes you uniquely you. Do you know what it is?
David worshiped God, exclaiming how God knit him together in his mother’s womb (Pslam 139). God encouraged Jeremiah with the revelation that before he was in his mother’s womb God knew him (Jeremiah 1). And Paul rejoiced in the fact that even before the world was created God prepared works for every believer to do (Ephesians 2). You have a particular design and you have the greatest Designer of all.
What makes you uniquely you? Your personality, passions, gifts, and sense of destiny. You never need to apologize for these things.
What burns inside of you? I’m not talking about vocation, I’m talking about make up. As long as you only focus on your function you will continue to miss your designed forte.
You are not meant to be just like someone else, you are not meant to just do many things, you are meant to embrace and be the you God created you to be. Only you can be uniquely you.
For more on discovering your design check out “Three Keys to Unlocking Your Destiny,” by Benjamin Israel Robinson.